More Than You Wanted To Know

2016 Update: When should women start regular mammograms? 40? 50? And how often is “regular”? In recent years, there has been a growing concern that annual mammograms starting at age 40 may do more harm than good for many women. That is why the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an expert group that reviews the latest research findings, recommends that mammography screening for most women start at age 50 rather than 40, and that the frequency be every two years (instead of annually) through the age of 74.
Will Breast Implants Improve Your Life? Many girls and women want breast implants because they believe it will improve their self-esteem. It is true that cosmetic surgery can help a person feel better about the body part that was “fixed,” whether it is a breast, a nose, ears, or thighs. But research shows that breast implants do NOT improve self-esteem. In fact, several studies show that breast implants LOWER self-esteem even if it makes a woman feel sexier.
The FDA & Breast Implants: The First 50 Years This page outlines the history of regulation of breast implants in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and includes transcripts of FDA advisory committee meetings.
Scientific Research Read scientific articles about breast implants from academic journals.
FDA Study Shows That Most Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants Rupture While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers that “breast implants do not last a lifetime,” new FDA studies by Dr. Lori Brown and her colleagues indicate that most women with silicone gel-filled breast implants will have at least one broken implant within 10 years.
Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked to Debilitating Diseases The first study to systematically evaluate the health of women with ruptured breast implants has raised serious concerns about silicone implants.
Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery Here are two articles in medical journals about the psychological and ethical issues for teenagers considering plastic surgery.
Study of Silicone Breast Implant Rupture, Extracapsular Silicone, and Health Status in a Population of Women This is the link to the article by NIH and FDA researchers that found that women with leaking silicone gel breast implants are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than women with breast implants that are not leaking. It was published in Journal of Rheumatology.
Prevalence of Rupture of Silicone Gel Breast Implants Revealed on MR Imaging in a Population of Women in Birmingham, Alabama This is the abstract for the article by FDA researchers and medical school faculty that found that many women with silicone gel breast implants are unaware that their implants are ruptured or leaking, and that MRIs are needed to diagnose rupture and leaking. It was published in American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study of Re-operations and Self-Reported Silicone-Gel Breast Implant Rupture (Interview Component) FDA, Sixth World Biomaterials Conference. May 18, 2000. FDA has recently completed a study on how often women who had breast implants had to go back to their surgeons for additional surgery on their breast(s). The study was presented at the Sixth World Biomaterials Congress on May 18, 2000. The study, performed in Birmingham, Alabama, … Continue reading Study of Re-operations and Self-Reported Silicone-Gel Breast Implant Rupture (Interview Component)